This was an extraordinary moment of live television. As CBS Sports’ Jim Nantz was wrapping up the network’s coverage of the third round of the Memorial golf tournament, saying “tomorrow will be fun people,” viewers caught a glimpse of defending champion Jon Rahm, leading by six in the final round, bending over during a conversation with two men, clearly established.
As the group made their way to the clubhouse, with Rahm wiping away tears and his caddy turning away the camera following them, Nantz, clearly surprised by what he was seeing, addressed the spectators.
“What’s going on here?” He said. “Someone gave Jon some news. This is not OK. “
It turned out that the news that tournament officials delivered to Rahm after the final hole was that he had tested positive for Covid-19 and had to withdraw from the event that he was so close to winning again. Rahm, who is asymptotic, was tested as part of a standard contact tracing procedure after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive.
“This is one of those things that happens in life, one of those moments where the way we respond to a setback defines us as people,” Rahm wrote on Twitter after his retirement.
Surreal TV moment when six-hitter leader Jon Rahm learns he has tested positive for COVID and Jim Nantz tries to make sense of it without knowing what Rahm has been told pic.twitter.com/WvD6LmAlxs
– Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) June 5, 2021
Thoughts after today’s round pic.twitter.com/gWkBAWE42F
– Jon Rahm Rodríguez (@JonRahmpga) June 6, 2021